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Joni Ernst gleefully suggests the impeachment trial could hurt Joe Biden’s chances in the Iowa Caucus

Sen. Joni Ernst attracted national attention on Monday night when she cheerfully suggested President Trump’s impeachment trial might damage Joe Biden in the Iowa Caucus. “Those Democratic caucus-goers,” Ernst said, standing with a few other Republican senators, following hours of speeches by the president’s defense attorneys. “Will they be supporting pres– [sic] Vice President Biden […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst emerges as a major Trump defender during the impeachment trial

Sen. Joni Ernst has proven to be one of President Trump’s leading defenders among the members of the Senate sitting as jury in Trump’s impeachment trial. As the trial has progressed since Tuesday, certain Republican senators have taken on roles as spokespeople, with each focusing on one pro-Trump talking point or set of talking points. […]

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As Trump’s Senate trial begins, Grassley and Ernst vote against calling witnesses and requiring the administration to turn over documents

Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst voted in lock-step with Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during the first session of the trial of President Trump following his impeachment in the House of Representatives. The two Iowans joined their Republican Senate colleagues in voting down all 11 amendments the House impeachment managers […]

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The public’s view of the Senate impeachment trial will be limited, and Sen. Joni Ernst wants evidence to be limited

The impeachment trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. CSPAN-2 will televise the trial in its entirety, both on cable and online. CSPAN sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to allow a camera crew to fully cover the proceedings, but has not received a response from McConnell. It is likely that […]

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Ernst says world ‘is safer’ because Trump ordered killing of Iranian general; experts predict ‘war is coming’

Sen. Joni Ernst released a statement on Thursday night praising the killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s most prominent military leader. Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force — the branch of the Iranian military responsible for covert operations outside Iran — was killed in a targeted drone strike […]

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Ernst, Grassley and King sign legal brief encouraging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade

Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steve King all signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that calls Roe v. Wade “haphazard” and “unworkable,” and asks the justices to consider overturning it. […]

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Letter to the editor: Sen. Ernst’s Violence Against Women Act reauthorization proposal doesn’t go far enough

By Liz O’Hara — Nearly 1 million American women alive today have been shot, or shot at, by an intimate partner. In an average month, 52 of them are shot and killed. Between 2013 and 2017, 37 Iowa women were killed by intimate partners; two thirds of these women were killed by dating partners as opposed to spouses. The House of […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst ‘literally danced a jig’ while discussing Buttigieg, the possibility of impeachment hurting Democrats in Iowa

The dancing of Pete Buttigieg’s supporters has been attracting attention on social media recently, but according to Politico, the South Bend mayor’s first-place finish in the most recent Iowa Poll also inspired someone who isn’t one of his supporter, Sen. Joni Ernst, to dance. But that wasn’t her only cause of celebration, Politico reports.
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Sen. Joni Ernst is fundraising off opposition to the impeachment inquiry, while avoiding public comment on the whistleblower complaint

On Friday, Sen. Joni Ernst sent out a fundraising email denouncing the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump as “baseless” and “threatening our nation’s basic principles of democracy,” even though she’d told reporters she hadn’t actually read the whistleblower complaint that’s currently at the heart of the inquiry. […]

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Trump impeachment inquiry: Iowa’s Congressional delegation reacts, Steve King spins a conspiracy theory, Grassley wants to investigate Hillary Clinton

All six members of Iowa’s congressional delegation have issued statements about the House of Representatives launching an impeachment inquiry to determine if President Donald Trump should be removed from office. The three Iowa Democrats in the House all expressed cautious support for the inquiry. On the other side of the capitol, Sens. Chuck Grassley and […]

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Iowa GOP denounces House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, while Reynolds, Grassley and Ernst remain quiet

On Tuesday afternoon, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the start of a formal inquiry into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. “The actions of the Trump presidency have revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said […]

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Retired Admiral Michael Franken announces a run for Joni Ernst’s Senate seat

Retired Navy Admiral Michael Franken announced Monday that he is running for the U.S. Senate. Franken, who grew up in rural Sioux County, Iowa, and currently lives in Sioux City, is the fourth candidate to join the race for the Democratic Party nomination. The winner will face incumbent Sen. Joni Ernst in the Nov. 2020 general election. […]

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